Anyway back to the original point of this thread - the tablet!
If anyone wants to use it as a cheap media player for late night youtube/movies etc, one of the essential features that I had on my old pocketpc and tablet was the ability to turn the screen off and keep my movie/music/whatever keep on going in the background.
It’s no longer possible to do this due to the instantgo/connected standby bay trail architecture - not in the normal sense anyway.
However, if you add a simple dword to your registry, it is possible to disable connected standby!
The guide to do so is taken from here ( http://windowsitpro.com/windows-client/disabling-windows-connected-standby ):
- Start the registry editor (regedit.exe).
- Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power
- Double-click CsEnabled and set to 0, then click OK. (if it doesn’t exist, create it as a simple 32bit dword)
This will enable you to use various tools that let you turn off the screen (there are like 4 or 5 on the internet, I use ScreenOff 2 => http://www.thewindowsclub.com/screenoff-turn-off-windows-laptop-screen ) and still keep your mediaplayer playing video/music and all background applications working. The screen itself is really powered down, except for the touch component - so to get your screen powered on, a simple tap will do.
Do note that some programs (like MPC-HC, as documented here=> " https://trac.mpc-hc.org/ticket/5206 ") will still send a “do not turn off the screen” request to the system and they will essentially wake the screen up. Windows Media Player however doesn’t do this and thus can be used nicely.
Another note is, that you lose any kind of “sleep” mode on the device, meaning you can use only hibernate (and of course regular shutdown/reboot). Personally I find hibernate to be my favourite anyway, and if you don’t like it, you can just use fast startup (which is enabled unless you disable hibernate and get rid of the hiberfil.sys file where the speedup “pre-loaded” kernel would be stored for fast startup).
TL;DR, if you want to disable connected standby, this is how!